Without Christianity, It Wouldn't Even Exist
In 416 b.c., during the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, Athens decided to attack the neutral island of Melos. When the Melians protested they had done Athens no wrong, the Athenians replied, "The strong do what they can; the weak suffer what they must." The Melians were starved into surrender, their men were killed, and their women and children were sold into slavery.
None of this was unusual in the ancient world. The strong, it was supposed, had every right to dominate the weak. Neither the gods nor the moral codes opposed domination. Atheist historian Tom Holland describes his feelings about the Greco-Roman world this way: "It was not just the extremes of callousness that unsettled me, but the...
John Stonestreet is president of the Colson Center and co-host of BreakPoint, the daily commentary on culture begun by Chuck Colson.Glenn Sunshine
is Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, a Senior Faculty Member of the Colson Fellows, and the author of Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home (Zondervan, 2009).This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #58, Fall 2021 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo58/the-heresy-of-wokeness